Title:  Senior Contracts Administrator

Job Number:  19512

Fortitude Valley, QLD, AU, 4006

About John Holland


At John Holland, our purpose is simple – we transform lives with everything we do.

We’ve always known that infrastructure is about people — our customers, our employees, and the communities in which we work every day.

That’s our difference. Deep experience and capability with a genuine care about creating better lives for people along the way. 

Be part of the team that’s up for the challenge of transforming lives for good.

The Project


At John Holland in partnership with McConnell Dowell (Joint Venture) are delivering the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Far North Queensland. This is an innovative project that involves the world-first conversion of a disused gold mine into a pumped storage hydroelectric power generation facility in far-north Queensland (270km NW of Townsville).


The project will see the conversion of two existing mine pits into reservoirs, involving the construction of significant underground infrastructure including a large powerhouse cavern and waterway shafts and tunnels to allow the transfer of water between upper and lower reservoirs to generate power during peak periods and return water back to the upper reservoir during off peak periods.

About The Role


This role can be based from our Sydney or Brisbane offices or on a FIFO arrangement. 


The main responsibility of this role is to plan and manage the end-to-end commercial management of large subcontracts and self-performed works. This includes both direct and indirect management. The Senior Contracts Administrator will be expected to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders, as well as direct reports, to deliver project commercial outcomes.


Responsibilities of the role include:


  • Effectively manage allocated subcontract packages through all phases, including scope preparation, procurement, cost forecasting, subcontractor management, claims/variations processing, completion and close out
  • Participate in scope of works planning, ensuring that scope gaps are minimised, cost efficiencies are maximised and subcontractor capabilities are considered
  • Participate in procurement strategies, including breakdown into individual works packages, identification of potential subcontractors, procurement methods and timing
  • Provide management and leadership to other commercial and construction roles
  • Maintain contact and good working relationships with our local subcontractors and a maintain good awareness of market conditions and movements
  • Assess commercial and contractual risks, identify and implement appropriate controls and escalate actual or potential issues to Commercial Manager and or Project Manager
  • Operate and maintain commercial and contract systems
  • Ensure compliance with Building Code at all times and report any potential non-compliances
  • Prepare reporting on commercial performance periodically and on an ad hoc basis as required
  • Perform all duties in accordance with John Holland policies, processes, systems and procedures


To be successful in this key role, you must have:


  • Post graduate qualifications e.g. graduate certificate, graduate diploma in Commerce, Accounting, Business, Construction, Property, Quantity Surveying, Law or other associated disciplines
  • Experience as a Contracts Administrator or Quantity Surveyor in the construction and engineering industry
  • Experience in all stages of subcontract management, including scope preparation, procurement, cost forecasting, subcontractor management, claims/variations management, completion and close out
  • Experience with a variety of project values and complexity, including large, technically complex works packages
  • Strong commercial acumen and awareness in areas of cost management and contract law
  • Knowledge and understanding of industry market conditions and movements
  • Demonstrated ability to manage commercial negotiations
  • Awareness and compliance with document control and records management procedures


We’re about connecting your sense of purpose to ours. We understand that your career is one of the biggest ways to have an impact on the world. We also believe in supporting you as a whole person, not just an employee.


We reward and support our people in so many ways. This starts with being flexible about how different people like to work. From generous leave policies to wellbeing and relationship support, your needs sit at the heart of our employee benefits.

We Offer


  • Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice options.
  • Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with super and up to an extra 18 weeks of super paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two extra days to prioritise your wellbeing.
  • Career progression underpinned by our exciting pipeline of work means you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic projects that are shaping cities and communities.
  • Learning and development opportunities where you’ll have access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, plus technical and leadership training and development opportunities.
  • Inclusion, diversity and equity is part of how we work. We want everyone at John Holland to feel that they belong – that’s why we’re working hard every day to foster a more inclusive culture, backed by a business-wide inclusion strategy to bring about meaningful change. We’ve also got active employee resource groups that support our commitments including those around gender equality and reconciliation.
  • Flexible working that works for you as we know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether it’s flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts or flexi-work, we’re committed to helping our people work flexibly.

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